Online culture can a tough thing for the entertainment world to accurately depict, but “Ralph Breaks the Internet” totally nails it.
Disney manages to pull off an entire movie about the internet (in theaters Wednesday) without pandering to stereotypes. The references feel authentic and clever while avoiding the cringe factor that critics who reviewed “The Emoji Movie” knew all too well.
The five most spot-on depictions of social media and viral videos in “Ralph Breaks the Internet”:
1. YouTube isn’t just a place for silly cat videos – it’s a platform where people make a legit living.
OK, so the “Ralph” universe’s online video site is technically called BuzzzTube, but we’re talking about the same thing here. Yesss (voiced by Taraji P. Henson), BuzzzTube’s “head algorithm,” tells Ralph (John C. Reilly) he can make a ton of money if he can produce a handful of viral videos.
And that’s true for real-life YouTube stars: Lilly Singh, one of the site’s top content creators, has more than 14 million subscribers and earned an estimated $10.5 million last year.
Bonus: Hardcore fans might notice a cameo appearance by an animated version of YouTube star Colleen Ballinger (better known online as her wacky alter ego Miranda Sings).
— Walt Disney Studios (@DisneyStudios) October 5, 2018